Scindapsus pictus, also known as Satin Pothos, is a an extremely popular vining houseplant It is a fast grower, and really draws the eye with its unique texture. The leaves of Scindapsus picti have a satin-like texture, both in visual appearance and in tactile quality. The mottled leaves are also extremely interesting to look at. As per usual, I will be covering its usage as a design element, as well as care instructions.
Is this plant a good match for my space?
Part of the appeal of Scindapsus Picti is their very flexible vines, which allow them to really take any shape that you would like them to. They’ll climb trellises, crawl along the ground, or up a wall. They’re highly malleable and versatile as a design element. In terms of pots, I would recommend a white or black pot if these plants are going to be grouped with other plants. This allows for versatility. If used alone, these plants would look amazing in a pale cool cream or a neutral pastel pink ceramic cover pot. The contrast between the dark green and pale pink would make the foliage really pop. Around Christmas time, the dark leaves would also look festive in a red metal cover pot if given as a gift or used as a Christmas decoration.
These plants prefer bright, indirect light, but can survive in medium light. Try to put this plant in a space with a south facing window. Never put this plant in bright, direct light.
Note that the different cultivars of this plant have different shades of foliage, and as such, will look best against different colours. For example, the Scindapsus pictus “Argyle”, pictured above, would look great in a room with white walls. However, a Scindapsus pictus “Silvery Ann” would look particularly striking against a darker background because of its silver foliage.
How should I care for this plant?
Watering: Scindapsus picti prefer to be watered thoroughly, but not too often. That it, they like to dry out a little between waterings. Luckily for those of you who don’t like to touch the soil to test it, these bad boyes are able to tell you when they want water. Their leaves will curl up when they’re dry, which will signal to you that it’s time to water. In the image below, you can see that the lower leaves are curling, signalling it’s time to water.
Light: Scindapsus picti prefer bright, indirect light, and but will survive in medium light. South facing windows are ideal.
Fertilising: Fertilise sparingly. I fertilise these at half-strength with a liquid fertiliser once a month during the growing season.
Propagation: Simply take a cutting about a centimetre below a node and pop it in water or soil. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who experiences this, but I tend to find that my cuttings tend to struggle a bit more compared to Pothos and Philodendron cuttings, despite them needing almost identical care and growing in almost identical manners. That is, the leaves curl more, and the roots take longer to grow.
Have this adorable picture of a Scindapsus cutting
General care tips:
- Always use a potting mix for these bad boyes. Soil from the garden contains soil-bourne diseases that will kill this plant.
- Consider potting these up with other vining plants to create a pot with different coloured and textured leaves coming out of it. If you choose to do so, choose plants with similar care needs so they’re easier to please collectively.
- Avoid overwatering by only watering when the leaves curl.
- If leaves remain curled after waiting a day after watering, check the roots for rotting.